Taking the 'Super Pink Moon' challenge? Here are some tips on getting the best shot

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 07 2020 08:33 PM

MANILA — No, the moon will not change color as the name “Super Pink Moon” suggests. 

But it will be one of the biggest and brightest full moons of the year so you may still want to snap a photo of it or two, if you get the chance. Just remember to take the photo from the comforts of your own home, given the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

A photo of the "Super Snow Moon" last year, a similar phenomenon to the "Super Pink Moon" when the moon moves closest to the Earth while in its "full phase." Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

For a brief explanation, the “Super Pink Moon” is yet another supermoon phenomenon — when the moon moves closest to the Earth while in its “full” phase. The name is a reference to a wildflower native to North America, often associated with the beginning of spring. 

It will be at its maximum visibility on Wednesday at 2:09 a.m. in the Philippines. 

This Tuesday, Fujifilm Philippines sent out a challenge urging stargazers to tag them in their photos of the “Super Pink Moon” with a chance of getting featured on their page. 

 

For tips on how to best take the photo of it, below is a free online lecture on astrophotography, organized also by Fujifilm Philippines, that could prove useful to stargazers, given how taking shots at nighttime could prove extremely tricky, even with the best cameras. 

Photographer John Kimwell Laluma centered his discussion on important beginner tips like “mastering exposure and focusing,” which means knowing the ideal camera settings to use with regards to shutter speed and aperture, among others, when taking photos of the night sky. 

He also talked about the importance of capturing RAW images instead of JPEG photos for post-production purposes. He explained that when pushing your image to its extreme, “you need to have as much data as possible” to play around with. 

Other tips include having a sturdy tripod, having a vision for a unique foreground — “Don’t be satisfied with just milky way shots kasi ang dami nang nagsho-shoot niyan eh” — and having tracking apps to help you prepare for the best shot possible.

You can check out his lecture below, which includes the settings he typically uses (at the 37:08 mark).